Seed Sharing – Chinese Red Noodle Beans

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Last week I was surprised with seeds in the mail from a reader.  She messaged me awhile back to ask if I ever planted the Chinese Red Noodle bean.

I tend to be narrow minded when it comes to bean planting as every year my attention is focus on the flat Italian bean introduced from my grandma. My mom and I are probably the few in our family that still plant this one and our seeds originated from grandma’s garden.

This reader mentioned she would send me seeds and it wasn’t long before she did just that, with a hand written note. It was a neat surprise and I plan to tuck this note away in my garden notebook.

I decided to plant a few now and enjoy through fall , then plant the rest next spring.

Normally I soak my bean seeds prior to planting as this speeds up germination; I skipped that step and made sure the soil was really wet before planting and hoped for the best.

Chinese Red Noodle

This bean has a 95 day growing season so depending on our temperatures and when the first freeze will arrive I could be cutting this close; this is why I only planted a few.

I read these beans have a superior flavor and texture.

The bean itself grows about a foot long, I was amazed at the length and overall appearance, and they remind me of a licorice whip.

Where I Planted

I decided to plant in the brown structure after cleaning out the cucumbers a month ago.  I had already fertilized with llama droppings and I direct composted every inch of this space about two weeks ago so I knew this would be a good option.

Since it was six seeds I planted on the right side of the structure hoping for positive results.

Where to Purchase Seeds

If you’re wanting to add this bean to your garden check out Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.

I’m curious if any of y’all have planted the Chinese Red Noodle bean, please share your experience.


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  1. Kjunwitch says:

    They are delicious stir fried with salt, pepper, and a splash of soy sauce. I use any oil, but bacon grease is really good with them. I let them get slightly tender and the taste is very good. Enjoy them. I'm Zone 9 and I find them easier to grow in September so I will be putting some in the ground over the weekend.

    1. Great to hear- I planted them Friday Night and they all sprouted; a four day germination is amazing, very excited to see them take off. Thanks for the info. -Carole

  2. Anonymous says:

    We tried this variety of bean, a freebie from Winter Sowing Seeds, for the first time this season. Our season started miserably and carried on the same, so I thought I might as well put this bean in, as I had NO expectations from it. Amazingly, THIS vegetable has done very well. I find the beans rather unappealing, though. One of my children wants to plant this in next year's garden, simply because of the "beauty" of this plant. I don't think we'll be eating any of the beans, but it is an attractive PLANT.

    1. Very good to know and thanks for sharing you answered some of my questions I was pondering about. I think I might let them dry on the vine and then shell them. For some silly reason I'm thinking they would be good in soup. Pretty plants are nice too! -Carole

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